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Message 1729045 - Posted: 26 Sep 2015, 5:32:07 UTC

Dartmouth researcher building a cost-effective supercomputer using smartphones

Solving complex problems requires supercomputers, but most university research centers can't afford to buy a supercomputer or rent time on one. A physicist wants to change that.

Cheap and supercomputer are not normally used in the same sentence. However, thanks to a University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth physics professor, supercomputing is fast becoming affordable.

The professor, Dr. Gaurav Khanna, also associate director of the Center for Scientific Computing and Visualization Research (CSCVR), back in 2007, figured out how to turn PlayStation 3 hardware into PS3 Gravity Grid, a powerful, working supercomputer that cost considerably less than current supercomputers of equivalent capacity. In 2014, Dr. Khanna upped the ante, building a next-generation supercomputer called PS3 Reefer.


An interesting and possibly insightful conclusion by Dr. Khanna:
"It is well known that if we attempt to build the next generation supercomputer using today's technology, we will need multiple nuclear power stations to simply turn it on. Power efficiency is the key in the future of supercomputing and that is why I am convinced that the next generation machines will be built using mobile phone parts."

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Message 1729097 - Posted: 26 Sep 2015, 7:41:07 UTC - in response to Message 1729045.  

I'd like anything named PS3 Reefer.
But I'm still not getting a smartphone.
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Message 1729736 - Posted: 28 Sep 2015, 8:20:43 UTC

they should ask BOINC android community about some hints...

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